Today I am honoured to have husband & wife writing team Mr. & Mrs N as guests on “The Bee Writes…”. They have kindly agreed to answer the Proust Questionnaire and it is such fun to see it answered by two guests at the same time. That must be the first time.
But first a little about Mr. & Mrs. N:
N. N. Light is the award-winning husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr N and Mrs N.All Posts
Mrs N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.
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They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.
Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.
In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.
And now without further ado over to their answers and a little explanation about the Proust Questionnaire:
In the 19th century, there has been a kind of party game which meant that guests had to answer a list of questions in the host’s guestbook. Marcel Proust answered it twice in his life and after a while, it got accredited to him.
A similar questionnaire is regularly seen on the back of Vanity Fair answered by celebrities. They even launched an interactive version in 2009. The magazine of the German newspaper FAZ asks celebrities since years to answer it too
Where do you want to live?
While we are very comfortable where we live now, if we somehow won the lottery or inherited a windfall, we’d love to live on Vancouver Island or some small island where nobody could find us. Both of us crave quiet solitude and are in love with anyplace that has water.
What is perfect bliss for you?
Perfect bliss for us is snuggling on our love seat and watching one of our favorite movies, television shows or sports with a glass of wine for Mrs. N and Jim Beam mixed with Coke for Mr. N.
Which fault do you excuse the easiest?
Improper grammar/typos. In this day and age of Auto-Correct and Spell Checker, it’s easy for people to ignore grammar and just write. It used to bother us like mad, but we’ve learned to let it go. There’s more important things in the world than grammar.
What is the biggest disaster for you?
Both of our fathers died when we were in our early twenties. This event, while horrifying to relive, taught us to cherish life and to never take anything or anyone for granted. Life is short, and you’ve got to live every moment like it’s your last.
Your favourite characters in a novel?
Both of us love the characters from Pride and Prejudice. We’re huge readers and have read some fantastic books over the years. It’s hard for us to narrow it down beyond P&P. lol!
Your favourite figure in history?
Oooh, this is tough one for MR N as he has a master’s degree in history. If he had to pick, it would be Abraham Lincoln. One of the greatest men in history, hands down.
As for MRS N, her favorite has got to be Queen Elizabeth I. An incredible woman who went through so much to gain what was rightfully hers in the first place. She then went on to rule for more than forty years. She inherited a country in ruins and upon her death, England was the most powerful country in the world.
Your favourite hero/heroine in real life?
Our fathers. They taught us the value of working hard, relaxing and enjoying life.
Your favourite painter?
Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Leonardo Da Vinci, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassatt, Barbara Longhi… we could go on and on. MRS N studied art history at university and her tastes run the gamut.
Your favourite author?
MR N – This is a tough question. Hmm, I love Robert K. Massie but also love J. N. Williamson.
MRS N – I hate this question. I have so many I love and who have influenced me. If I had to pick just one to read over and over again for the rest of my life, it would be Jude Deveraux. Her books take me away.
Your favourite composer?
We’re both big fans of Debussy, Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi.
Which quality do you appreciate the most in a woman?
MR N – As a mate or as a business associate? As a mate, her heart and as a business associate, hard work and ability to make me laugh.
Which quality do you appreciate the most in a man?
MRS N – As a mate, honesty and love. As a business associate, teamwork and helpfulness.
Your favourite virtue?
As you can see from above, we value honesty. There’s nothing worse than someone who lies, cheats and steals.
Your favourite activity?
Being with each other. After a long day or a week, all we want is to snuggle with each other on the sofa.
Who or what would you like to be?
We’d love to be able to live off of the income from our author promotions business, but we’ve only been in business for three years. Other than retire, we’re perfectly happy with who we are and what we’re doing.
Your main characteristic?
MR N – Logic
MRS N – Artistic
Together, we’re a great team.
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
They’re love and support. When the world turns its back, it’s nice to have friends to turn to.
Your biggest fault?
We’re so giving of ourselves that sometimes, we’re subject of persons taking advantage of our kindness and good nature.
Your dream of happiness?
We’re living our dream life right now.
Your favourite colour?
MR N – Blue
MRS N – Purple
Your favourite flower?
MRS N – Sunset colored carnations and lavender.
Your favourite bird?
We love birds and spend a lot of time out on our solarium bird-watching. We love blue jays, robins, hawks and cardinals.
Your favourite poet?
Shakespeare. The sonnets are beautiful and inspire us to write each other love poems every day.
What do you hate the most?
Racism/Sexism/Classism… bigotry and hatred of another person for any reason. Why can’t we accept our differences and treat each other with respect.
Which historical figure do you hate the most?
Hitler. He took his hatred of a race and it spread like wildfire. He murdered millions of people and his influences is pervasive in today’s society. It makes us want to cry.
Which is your favourite reform?
Not sure. We’re big supporters of equal rights and #loveislove.
Which natural talent would you like to have?
We’d love to be able to play music. We’re both big music fans.
How do you want to die?
We made a pact with God that when the time comes, we die together.
Your current state of mind?
Exhausted. We’re both working day jobs, writing and working on our business. It can be tiresome but we both have a strong work ethic.
Spread the Light. What it means is abiding by the Golden Rule and spreading your inner Light to others around you, especially those in need.
Thanks to both of you, for taking part.
It was a pleasure to have you on “The Bee Writes…”
And here some more from Mr & Mrs N:
Title: N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration
Author: N. N. Light
Genre: Inspirational, Motivational, Self-Improvement, Personal Growth
“Spread the Light and inspire others to do the same.” — N. N. Light
In 2013, we wrote a mission statement and started a blog. We wanted to test a theory. Could one person (or in our case, one couple) use uplifting words to create change?
The answer is a resounding yes! People from all over the world responded to our short inspirational thoughts of the day, and our following grew. What started out as a few people promoting kindness and goodwill turned into a movement. In every city, there are Light-Bearers making a difference and we want you to join us.
Everyone needs inspiration. It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you. Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light. In this book, you’ll find a ninety second inspirational thought for each day of the year. You’ll be inspiring people to spread the Light daily with our collection of inspirational thoughts. From giving of yourself to simply smiling, these are easy concepts for anyone to apply!
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton
Are you spreading the Light in your corner of the world?
I live in an old neighborhood in my town. The houses and buildings are established with trees towering over the streets. I love it!
As someone who walks every day, I run into a lot of elderly people. Many of them smile and are friendly. I stop and chat with them for a moment or two.
It makes their day and it’s my way of spreading the Light. It doesn’t take any effort on my part and their faces light up.
Want to make someone’s day? Stop what you’re doing for one second and say hello. Acknowledging another person and wishing them a good day is a great way of spreading the Light inside you.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.
Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/nnlightinspiration